Chicago's best bar food
Duke Of Perth is one of Chicago's best bar food.

1. Duke Of Perth

8.2
2913 N Clark St (btwn Oakdale & Surf St.), Chicago, IL
Pub · Lake View East · 82 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Fifteen-dollar buckets of long-necks a special does not make. For real deals, mark your calendar: Monday night means Duke of Perth, the handsome Lakeview Scotch emporium, for two-for-one entrées. Read more.

The Bedford is one of Chicago's best bar food.

2. The Bedford

1612 W Division St (at N Ashland Ave), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Wicker Park · 82 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: On Tuesdays, chef Mark Steuer slashes the price of ocean-fresh oysters (regularly $2 each) in half, and the bar follows suit, knocking 50 percent off all sparkling wines and Champagnes. Read more.

Toon's Bar & Grill is one of Chicago's best bar food.

3. Toon's Bar & Grill

8.2
3857 N Southport Ave (at W Byron St), Chicago, IL
Bar · Lakeview · 54 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Wednesday equals Toons, the classic Southport Corridor bar whose juicy, hand-formed, half-pound, no-frills Toonsburger is only $4 Read more.

The Beer Bistro North is one of Chicago's best bar food.

4. The Beer Bistro North

1415 W Fullerton Ave (btwn Southport Ave & Janssen Ave), Chicago, IL
Bar · North Side · 61 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Bring a date on Sunday, when you can order Sunday Gravy, a stew of meatballs, pork butt, chuck roast, braciola and hard-boiled egg. It comes with a bottle of red wine and foccacia, all for $30. Read more.

Kingston Mines is one of Chicago's best bar food.

5. Kingston Mines

9.2
2548 N Halsted St (at Wrightwood Ave), Chicago, IL
Jazz Club · Lincoln Park · 108 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Buffered by fatty, sauce-covered rib tips ($12) or a po’ boy sandwich loaded with fried catfish, crab cakes or blackened chicken ($8.50), you won’t mind that you paid a $12 cover. Read more.

Bangers & Lace is one of Chicago's best bar food.

6. Bangers & Lace

8.9
1670 W Division St (at Paulina Ave), Chicago, IL
Bar · Wicker Park · 157 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The corn dog’s not the only cost-effective comestible at this busy hipster hangout; for $5, a Vienna dog with bold pepper jack, creamy garlic aioli and a crisp winter slaw is as satisfying. Read more.

The Other Side Bar is one of Chicago's best bar food.

7. The Other Side Bar

7.6
2436 N Clark St (at W Arlington Pl), Chicago, IL
Bar · Park West · 36 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Head to the Other Side, where the beer list doesn’t extend far beyond the frat-boy imagination, but is cheap and perfectly suitable against iconic bar food like chicken wings ($5 for ten). Read more.

McGill's Bar & Grill is one of Chicago's best bar food.

8. McGill's Bar & Grill

4553 N Pulaski Rd (at W Wilson Ave), Chicago, IL
Wings Joint · Albany Park · 11 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: When an order that could have served four people comes to $24 (including a Jameson and beers, and that’s not even on craft-beer Thursday, when brews like Half Acre are $3), you’ve found a winner. Read more.

Telegraph Wine Bar is one of Chicago's best bar food.

9. Telegraph Wine Bar

2601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Wine Bar · Logan Square · 35 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A red-bean pound cake with coffee toffee might pose a pairing problem. Luckily, Telegraph advises what to drink right there on the menu. The suggested bourbon-spiked coffee is surprisingly spot-on. Read more.

10. Webster's Wine Bar

9.1
2601 N Milwaukee Ave (at N Kedzie St), Chicago, IL
Wine Bar · Logan Square · 43 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Webster’s and Telegraph are sister bars, but at Webster’s the desserts are less complex. That doesn’t mean the thin slice of pudding wasn’t enjoyable. It left all the more room for another Madeira. Read more.

Rootstock is one of Chicago's best bar food.

11. Rootstock

9.2
954 N California Ave (at Augusta Blvd), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Humboldt Park · 56 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Ex-Lula chef Duncan Biddulph's food is distinctive and beautiful, from the Roman-style semolina gnocchi with hazelnuts to the delicate corn crêpes to the hanger steak with seasonal vegetables. Read more.

The Drawing Room is one of Chicago's best bar food.

12. The Drawing Room

937 N Rush St (at E Walton Pl), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Streeterville · 78 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Try the beef tartare with fried nubs of potato and the refreshing salad of sautéed shrimp, jicama and cucumbers. Read more.

Watershed is one of Chicago's best bar food.

13. Watershed

8.7
601 N State St (at E Ohio St), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Near North Side · 59 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The cozy bar beneath Pops for Champagne, where the deftly made cocktails showcase local spirits. Read more.

Frontier is one of Chicago's best bar food.

14. Frontier

8.3
1072 N Milwaukee Ave (at W. Thomas St.), Chicago, IL
Bar · Noble Square · 80 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The burger, made with Slagel Farm beef, is perfection, and the lollipop wings, breaded chicken drizzled with buffalo sauce and ranch, make eating classic bar grub a more civilized affair. Read more.

The Anthem is one of Chicago's best bar food.

15. The Anthem

7.0
1725 W Division St (at N Hermitage Ave), Chicago, IL
Sports Bar · East Ukrainian Village · 52 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Rare is a sports bar that plays Lykke Li and New Order, and rarer still is one that serves luscious pork belly sliders and meaty wings with scalp-sweatingly hot Cholula-buffalo sauce. Read more.

Public House is one of Chicago's best bar food.

16. Public House

8.0
400 N State St (at Kinzie St), Chicago, IL
Gastropub · Near North Side · 167 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Try the arugula and grapefruit salad, with peppery greens complementing the bittersweet grapefruit, shaved fennel giving depth and toasted pistachios adding crunch. Read more.

Ssaboo is one of Chicago's best bar food.

17. Ssaboo

7.1
9850 Milwaukee Ave, Des Plaines, IL
Bar · 7 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: In nearby Des Plaines is Ssaboo (formerly Hourglass), which lured loyalists from its original Lawrence Avenue location with killer sweet-and-spicy chicken. Read more.

Dancen is one of Chicago's best bar food.

18. Dancen

8.2
5114 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Korean Restaurant · Ravenswood · 12 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The bar’s built-in flattop is responsible for the best booze snack in town: fire chicken. Bite-sized hunks of chicken thighs are soaked through with soy-spiked chili paste and piled high on the plate. Read more.

DS Tequila Company is one of Chicago's best bar food.

19. DS Tequila Company

7.5
3352 N Halsted St (at Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Taco Place · Lakeview · 127 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The coffee-rubbed skirt steak tacos are just as good, and you can order as many (or as few) as you like. Margaritas come by the pitcher but aren’t the bar’s strong suit, so stick with beer. Read more.

Big Chicks is one of Chicago's best bar food.

20. Big Chicks

8.6
5024 N Sheridan Rd (at W Argyle St.), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Uptown · 86 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Come here for the very fresh, very generous Mediterranean salad, crisp fish and chips and huge slices of chocolate layer cake—the same cake you ogle on the host stand every time you brunch at Tweet. Read more.

Minibar - Belvedere Room is one of Chicago's best bar food.

21. Minibar - Belvedere Room

6.3
3341 N Halsted St (Roscoe), Chicago, IL
Bar · Lakeview · 2 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The burgers (three for $12 are mini. The mojitos are minty. And there’s nothing about the name of this place that will make you lose your appetite. Read more.

DiSotto Enoteca is one of Chicago's best bar food.

22. DiSotto Enoteca

8.3
200 E Chesnut St, Chicago, IL
Wine Bar · Streeterville · 13 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Italians eat a little lighter in the evening, and Disotto follows suit with small plates like anchovy-ricotta-tomato bruschetta and squares of egg-enclosed toast, rich with truffle oil. Read more.

Three Aces is one of Chicago's best bar food.

23. Three Aces

1321 W Taylor St (btwn Throop St & Loomis St), Chicago, IL
Bar · University Village - Little Italy · 97 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Chef Matt Troost puts out food that ranges from popcorn with housemade hot sauce and thin pizzas to giant, made-for-two bowls of the Tuscan stew ribollita, his version topped with milk-braised pork. Read more.

Nik & Dino's Tripoli Tap is one of Chicago's best bar food.

24. Nik & Dino's Tripoli Tap

6.8
1147 W Armitage Ave (at N Racine Ave), Chicago, IL
Sports Bar · North Side · 16 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This is a very basic, kind of divey beer joint. A very basic, kind of divey beer joint with unexpectedly good food, like a greasy (in a good way), spicy sausage-and-peppers sandwich. Read more.

Avantgarde BG is one of Chicago's best bar food.

25. Avantgarde BG

5241 N Harlem Ave (@ W. Farragut Ave.), Chicago, IL
Eastern European Restaurant · Norwood Park · 7 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: On a recent Friday night, expats nibble cured meats—cuminy lukanka, air-cured beef pasturma—and shout along to traditional anthems of love, loss and national pride between bites. Read more.

26. Michella Terrace

Chicago, IL
Bar · Portage Park · 1 tip

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Hit the dance floor when the DJ drops your favorite Gaga or Rihanna. Afterwards, head to the bar room to take down Polish pizza bread, a French loaf with tomato sauce, gobs of mozzarella and ketchup. Read more.

Beograd Serbian Cafe & Restaurant is one of Chicago's best bar food.

27. Beograd Serbian Cafe & Restaurant

7.6
2939 W Irving Park Rd (Richmond), Chicago, IL
Café · Irving Park · 22 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: We opt for a flaky, cheese-stuffed pastry called burek and grilled sausage links known as cevapcici. Read more.

Karolinka Club is one of Chicago's best bar food.

28. Karolinka Club

6102 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · Clearing · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This aging South Side Polish dive plugs along thanks to the power of pierogi, plump little pockets of kraut and mushroom or juicy ground beef, made to order and sautéed in butter with nubs of bacon. Read more.

Hopleaf Bar is one of Chicago's best bar food.

29. Hopleaf Bar

9.3
5148 N Clark St (at W Foster Ave), Chicago, IL
Beer Bar · Andersonville · 324 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The best mussels, best frites and best grilled sandwiches at any bar in Chicago team with an extraordinary beer selection. Read more.

Kuma's Corner is one of Chicago's best bar food.

30. Kuma's Corner

9.1
2900 W Belmont Ave (at Francisco Ave), Chicago, IL
Burger Joint · Northwest Side · 411 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Metal rages, waits are oppressive, and the beastly burgers, stacked with everything from chorizo to pulled pork, have a reputation so big Lady Gaga ate one during her Monster Ball tour. Read more.

Old Town Social is one of Chicago's best bar food.

31. Old Town Social

7.8
455 W North Ave (at N Cleveland Ave), Chicago, IL
Gastropub · Old Town · 121 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: It has the most ambitious charcuterie program in Chicago and served as the launching board for one of Chicago’s most talented young chefs, Jared Van Camp. Read more.

Big Star is one of Chicago's best bar food.

32. Big Star

9.3
1531 N Damen Ave (at N Wicker Park Ave), Chicago, IL
Taco Place · Wicker Park · 567 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: At Paul Kahan’s taco bar, there’s no choosing between the cheap whiskey shots and the tortillas packed with crisp, beer-battered tilapia. Read more.